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Studley Law Offices

Family Law FAQ

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Our Plymouth lawyers at the Studley Law Offices have 38 years of combined experience in family law and divorce matters. Read our responses to frequently asked questions about your rights in family law courts and at that time contact us to discuss your case.

Learn more about resolving your family law case from experienced Middleboro attorneys

To get the answers to your family law and divorce questions in Middleboro, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas, contact the Studley Law Offices today. Call 508.923.7207 or 800.640.2889 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.


Do I have the right to keep the property I owned before I got married?

You have the right to keep personal property not part of your marital assets. However, your spouse may have the right to individual property that you comingled with marital property.

Why should I consider divorce mediation?

Mediation often expedites the process, reduces expenses, diminishes the stress of divorce and gives you more control over the outcome.

My spouse is determined to win custody even though I have been the primary caregiver. Should I go to divorce trial?

Although mediation offers a positive alternative in some cases, settlement is not an option in many divorces. If your spouse refuses to agree to equitable settlement terms, our lawyers in Plymouth are prepared to take your case to trial.

Are my spouse and I required to disclose all of our assets during our divorce?

During the discovery stage, you and your spouse typically must file a financial affidavit with the court that lists your property and the value of your assets.

Will the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Laws affect my rights during divorce from my spouse of 20 years?

The alimony reform statutes set guidelines for the months a former spouse can be ordered to pay alimony based on the length of the marriage. The percentage increases with the number of years of marriage up to 20 years, at which point the regulations cease to apply.

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Can I move out of Massachusetts with my child if I am the custodial parent?

You must seek permission from the court to remove your child from Massachusetts if the other parent lives in the state. You have the opportunity to present evidence to the court regarding why the move is in your child’s best interest. The noncustodial parent has the opportunity to object to the move.

I have lost my job and can no longer afford my child support payments. Am I allowed to discontinue my payments or reduce the amount?

You must continue paying child support until you obtain a court order that amends your current order. Our Taunton lawyer can assist you in applying for a modification of your child support order based on your changed circumstances.

What is the role of a guardian ad litem?

A guardian ad litem represents a child’s best interest during court hearings — such as in disputed custody or estate cases.

If I legally prove my paternity, am I automatically granted visitation with my child?

You are not automatically granted visitation rights upon acknowledging your paternity or after receiving a court order declaring you the father. Our team can help you petition the court for visitation. If you are the mother, we can request a child support order.

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Where can I learn more about resolving my family law issues?

Learn more about resolving your family law issues by calling the Studley Law Offices at 508.923.7207 or 800.640.2889 or contacting us online to schedule an appointment. We serve clients throughout Middleboro, Lake Ville, Taunton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Raynham and Plymouth.

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